On October 10, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. On this occasion, representatives of, among others, the EC, WHO, the Alliance Against Depression, and the City Hall will meet at a conference on mental health. Warsaw will also be served by a special mental health tram, marked with the letter H.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the most common disease in the world over the next few years. According to the latest data, the number of people suffering from depression is over 350 million, and in Europe alone nearly 85 million. Officially, more than 1.5 million people in Poland are struggling with depression.
We know that depression can affect anyone at any stage of life and is a very serious disease. Therefore, we want the residents to know where to look for support and assistance that we provide in the city facilities – emphasizes Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw. – According to the specialists, the number of young people in a mental crisis is also growing dramatically, which is why we are developing a city offer of help for children and young people – adds Deputy Mayor Kaznowska.
The event broadcast is available on the organizer's website.
Help for students
The support offered by the city is primarily support in schools. Another year the city is implementing the programme "School of mental wellbeing", training, among others, on the fight against depression in children and adolescents, access to a network of psychological and pedagogical counselling centres and specialists in municipal healing entities.
Last school year, our specialists provided a total of over 16 thousand consultations, conducted group classes, and other specialized activities – says Deputy Mayor Renata Kaznowska.
In municipal entities, there are eight community psychological and psychotherapeutic care centres for children and adolescents. The centres offer, among others, advice and diagnostics, psychotherapy sessions (individual, family, group), and visits.
The centres are located in Śródmieście, Białołęka, Bielany, Ochota, Ursus, Prague-South, Wawer, and Wola.
Mental health clinics for children and adolescents also operate in municipal healing entities, including in Żoliborz, Wola, Ursynow, and Prague-North.
Centres and outpatient treatment
As part of EU projects in Warsaw, there are also two community centres - at the Wolski Hospital and SZPZLO Warsaw – Ochota facilities.
The mental health centre for children and adolescents includes a mental health clinic and a day ward. Patients have access to a wider range of services than in psychological care centres. At this level, they are under the care of psychiatrists and obtain more advanced therapeutic care. Patients can also receive treatment at their place of residence.
In 2021, psychological, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric care in municipal clinics and hospitals was used by nearly 7,000 children and adolescents, who were given nearly 50,000 consultations.
Mental health clinics
In the city's medical centres, there are 26 mental health clinics and day wards for adults, children, and adolescents.
Outpatient clinics provide individual services as part of outpatient care and offer comprehensive psychiatric assistance or treatment of neurotic disorders and rehabilitation.
The solutions planned in the projects are to strengthen the patients in their functioning in local communities, as well as improve the quality and effectiveness of activities in the field of mental health. The projects are implemented in the Wolski Hospital and the Bielański Hospital.
Alliance for depression in Śródmieście
Since the autumn of last year, the Alliance Against Depression in Warsaw has been operating in the Śródmieście district. It is one of the first local alliances of residents, institutions, and doctors in Poland for people experiencing depression. The alliance operates under the patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw and with the support of the authorities of the Śródmieście district. Until 2024, the alliance is supposed to sensitize Warsaw residents and institutions to the situation of people at risk of depression and those experiencing it. The alliance in this district is also designed to help prevent suicidal behaviour. The European Commission Representation in Poland took the patronage over the opening of the alliance in Warsaw.
The priorities of the Warsaw Alliance Against Depression include supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, youth, and the elderly, as well as promoting mental health in the workplace and supporting the government in the transformation of mental health services.